What is gigabit broadband?
How does gigabit broadband work?
These speeds, as with most high speed internet, is made possible using fibre optic broadband cables. Most fibre connections are achieved through fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology, meaning that a fibre line is connected to the outdoor street cabinet, but the last leg of the journey into your home is made via a normal phone line.
Gigabit internet is achieved by using fibre to the home or fibre to the premises (FTTH/FTTP) technology, which means that the entire route is navigated entirely by a fibre cable, greatly increasing its capacity. This can mean there will be additional installation costs as new wires need to be routed directly into your home.
Why should I get gigabit broadband?
- Peak Times: One advantage beyond having faster internet in general is that it stays quick during peak times. With conventional copper broadband connections, evenings can be much slower as everyone scrambles for bandwidth. Gigabit broadband, while still affected by this, will still top out at more than sufficient speeds, meaning you can browse and surf to your heart's content without worrying about sluggish speeds when you need your internet most.
- Business Use: This kind of speed can also be suitable for businesses if you have a number of employees working at one site. And with most businesses being heavily reliant on the internet, getting a gigabyte connection makes perfect sense.
- Reasonable Rates: While it might be easy to believe that gigabit internet is going to break the bank, considering the speed of connection available to you it can be relatively cost effective. As it starts to break into the market, there are also a range of companies doing good introductory offers for those who fancy a bit of speed in their life.
- No Need to Upgrade: While getting more than you need to save you the trouble of having to switch broadband in the future is not always the best idea, if you can get a good deal then it can be advisable to. If you can find yourself a good offer that means you are locked into a price for a certain amount of time, you will be satisfied as the desire for faster and faster internet increases.
Can I get gigabit broadband where I live?
Last reviewed: 07 September 2021
Next review: 07 October 2021